Former aide-de-camp (ADC) to former President Goodluck Jonathan,Col. Ojogbane Adegbe, has warned that Nigerians may not be able to stand what transpired during the last administration if he is forced to reveal it, because it is another issue similar to that of Dasukigate.
Adegbe was arrested on Wednesday by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) at Murtala Muhammed Airport Lagos on his way out of the country. He had earlier been grilled by a military panel over his involvement in the arms purchase scandal.
He was reportedly taken through rigorous interrogation by the EFCC before eventually flown to Abuja. The EFCC operatives are hopeful that the former ADC will soon open up and give details of all he knows with regards to financial transactions and the dramatic personae involved in the last administration.
BuzzNigeria gathered that the probe of the former ADC by the EFCC operatives could open up a new can of worms, which “could surpass what is now known as Dasukigate.”
President Muhammadu Buhari had last year set up a panel to investigate how the funds budgeted for purchase of arms from 2007 till date was used, and it led to the arrest of Jonathan’s National Security Adviser, Col.Sambo Dasuki in December, 2015.
The Panel was set up in reactions to allegations and complaints that insufficient, outdated and poor quality weapons were bought for the fight against the insurgent group Boko Haram which contributed to poor performance of Nigerian troops in the battle against the group.
There were also allegations that the money was also diverted through the office of the NSA and used for 2015 campaign by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) instead of what it was originally meant for.
A source told newsmen that most of the funds were diverted soon after the election was postponed from the originally scheduled date of February 14, 2015 to March 28, 2015 and that the ADC was at the center of it all.
Many other top Nigerians including some very close persons to the former president, may likely be called on to explain and defend their roles in the handling of the funds, a chunk of which was sourced from the agency, the source said.
The EFCC has already begun the investigation of former Chief of Defence Staff Alex Badeh, ex-Chief Of Air Staff A.N Amosu and other former military leaders and is currently trying former National Security Adviser,Sambo Dasuki, in various courts over diversion of $2.1 billion meant for purchase of arms to fund activities of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.